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Iowa high school football Week 5 roundup: Final scores, stats and more

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It’s the last Friday night of September and Week 5 of the Iowa high school football season.

Find complete Gazette area coverage, scores and more here.

4A No. 10 Dubuque Hempstead 38, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 20

The good news was Cedar Rapids Kennedy got to play a football game Friday night after two excruciating weeks off because of COVID-19.

The bad news was the game itself.

Dubuque Hempstead pretty much did what it wanted when it wanted offensively and beat the Cougars, 38-20, at Dalzell Field. The Mustangs (4-1) entered The Gazette’s Class 4A poll this week at No. 10 and looked even better than that here, piling up 507 yards with a balanced spread attack that Kennedy (1-2) had no answers for.

“They’re the best team on this side of the state, and we knew that going in,” said Kennedy Coach Brian White.

» Read the full story from The Gazette's Jeff Johnson

2A No. 2 Williamsburg 24, Mid-Prairie 8

Riley Holt picked up a botched punt snap and ran it 15 yards for a touchdown in the first half, then added a late 86-yard run to help second-ranked Williamsburg defeat Mid-Prairie, 24-8, in a Class 2A District 7 football game at Bob Murphy Stadium.

The Raiders improved to 5-0 overall, 3-0 in the district.

“This is a really fun team to coach,” Williamsburg Coach Curt Ritchie said. “They’re a little undersized, but they’re gritty and they play hard.”

Williamsburg held Mid-Prairie running back Kaden Reinier to 51 rushing yards. He had averaged 200 per game through the first three contests.


» Read the full story from The Gazette's Jeff Linder


2A No. 7 Mount Vernon 36, Union Community 0

The start may have lulled Mount Vernon into a false sense of security.

Two impressive scoring drives to start the game had the Mustangs, ranked No. 7 in Class 2A, up 15-0 after less than seven minutes of play. At that point, the offense bogged down, but the defense stood tall, stopping visiting Union three times inside the 20 in the second quarter.

Those defensive stands provided momentum for the hosts as they went on to get the offense going in the second half en route to a 36-0 District 6 win over Friday night at Ash Park.

» Read the full story from Gazette correspondent Mike Condon

2A No. 9 Solon 28, Vinton-Shellsburg 6

Homecoming at Solon went off without a hitch Friday night, as the Spartans defeated their Class 2A District 6 foes from Vinton-Shellsburg, 28-6.


“The plan coming into the game, and our approach all year really, has been to stop the run,” said Solon first-year coach Lucas Stanton. “Vinton is a good team and they do a lot of good things, including running the ball.

Vikings quarterback Brooks Erickson utilized his mobility while rushing 14 times for 26 yards to go with his five tailbacks’ 15 carries for another 44 yards on the ground.

“It was a good challenge for us," Stanton said. We did some good things, but weren’t always happy with how we were able to finish some drives. We felt we left a lot of points out there, too.”

The reason Stanton and the Spartans felt that way was because they committed 10 penalties for 114 yards, slowing several possible scoring opportunities.

Solon did get back-to-back touchdown scampers from sophomore signal-caller Blake Timmons (4-of-9 with 53 yards through the air to go with 14 rushes for 84 yards) in the second quarter to give the Spartans a 14-3 advantage after the Vikings senior kicker Jesse Pladsen converted a 41-yard field goal to start the scoring. Pladsen added a 32-yarder 1:25 before halftime.

Timmons added touchdown passes of 31 yards to Jackson Ryan (13 carries for 96 yards) and 14 yards to Carson Miller.

— Justin Webster

A No. 2 Iowa City Regina 56, A No. 10 Lisbon 26

Iowa City Regina football coach Marv Cook described Theo Kolie as the total package.

He has witnessed the senior running back make strides, starting at the end of last year. Kolie’s progress led to some extremely big gains and proof that the Regals have another big weapon to complement passing tandem Ashton Cook and Alex Wick.


“He’s been there all season,” Cook said of Kolie. “All last season he was coming on. Every single day he gets better and better.”

Kolie contributed to second-ranked Regina’s offensive outburst Friday night, scoring four touchdowns and amassing 300 total yards in a 56-26 victory over No. 10 Lisbon in a Class A District 6 football game at Regina.

» Read the full story from The Gazette's K.J. Pilcher


A No. 6 Edgewood-Colesburg 42, North Linn 28

The first half wasn’t pretty.

But No. 6 Edgewood-Colesburg, led by Parker Rochford’s five passing touchdowns, rallied back from a 15-point halftime deficit to defeat North Linn, 42-28, Friday night at Lynx Field.

After managing just two first downs, 36 yards of total offense and seven points in the first half, the Vikings exploded for 35 second-half points. The Vikings were plagued by penalties, committing 12 for 120 yards, but were able to overcome them with an explosive passing attack.

Rochford completed 14 of 26 for 252 yards. 

» Read the full story from Gazette correspondent Ryan Pleggenkuhle



Alburnett 14, East Buchanan 0

It’s been a year since the bell chimed at Alburnett, but it was ringing in the north end zone at night’s end.

Alburnett snuffed out a few deep drives and mustered just enough offense to win a 14-0 slugfest over East Buchanan on Friday night.

“It’s crazy,” Alburnett quarterback Hunter Caves said. “It’s been a year since we got a win on this field, since we’ve rung the bell. It’s a good feeling. Good to get a win. East Buchanan has a good team but we came out and played a little bit harder.”

The Pirates (2-2, 1-1) ensured it would be a happy homecoming on the night’s opening possession. Starting at their own 40, the Pirates moved down the field on the strength of an efficient Caves and three East Buchanan penalties. Caves connected on 3 of 4 passes and the Pirates drew a pass interference flag on fourth-and-6.

Shane Neighbor scored from 2 yards out as Alburnett seized the 7-0 lead with 8:09 to play in the first quarter.

But the defenses ruled the night. The Buccaneers (1-4, 0-3) could not get their ground attack going and the Pirates had trouble sustaining drives. Alburnett did move to the Buccaneers’ 9 on a fourth-down bootleg run from Caves. The drive fizzled as Noah Mackey’s 23-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right.


East Buchanan flirted with the end zone twice. With the half coming to a close, the Buccaneers came alive with their two-minute offense. East Buchanan QB TJ Lau put East Buchanan at the Pirates 8 with 25 seconds left. Four straight plays failed to gain any traction.

The Buccaneers used a clock-consuming drive to get inside the Pirates’ 10-yard-line, but a fourth-and-goal pass was broken up.

“We’ve got one of the best defenses out here. Definitely in (Class A) for sure,” Caves said. “That’s when we get hyped up the most. We know it’s all on the line. We just keep coming harder.”

After that defensive stand, the Pirates took control. Two runs from Caves netted 37 yards. Reed Stallman plunged in from the 3 to make it 14-0.

Gavin Soukup picked off Lau and took it to the East Buchanan 10 with 5:11 remaining to seal it.

— Culley Kline

3A No. 3 Cedar Rapids Xavier 45, Oskaloosa 7

Third-ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier came marching into Oskaloosa and turned turnovers into touchdowns on its way to a 45-7 victory.

Xavier quarterback Jaxon Rexroth accounted for four touchdowns, completing all six of his passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 68 yards and one touchdown.

Xavier scored 21 points off four Oskaloosa turnovers.

Xavier’s Jack Lux ran hard all night, finishing with 99 yards on 14 carries with one touchdown while also catching two passes for 59 yards and a score.

— Colin Peters, Oskaloosa Herald

2A No. 8 Monticello 37, Tipton 8

Luke Lambert completed 18 of 27 passes for 340 yards and five touchdowns as the Panthers won their homecoming game.


Tyler Luensman caught seven of those passes for 181 yards and two scores, and Caleb Sauser also had two touchdown receptions for the 4-0, eighth-ranked Panthers. Justin Recker’s leaping, one-handed grab in the end zone on a 35-yard play with 1.9 seconds left in the half gave the Panthers a 17-0 lead at the break.

Tipton dropped to 1-3.

— Pete Temple

West Delaware 35, Waverly-Shell Rock 0

Four different players scored rushing touchdowns for the Hawks in a rout in Waverly.

Wyatt Voelker scored on a 10-yard run, Kyle Cole and Jared Voss on 6-yard runs as West Delaware (5-1) took a 21-0 halftime lead. Jamison Smith then returned an interception 22 yards for a TD before third-string QB Connor Funk wrapped up the scoring on a 12-yard run.

The Hawks had 377 yards of offense, holding WSR to 148.

— Bill Logan

3A No. 8 Decorah 49, Charles City 0

Briggs Duwe threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Vikings won on the road.

Nick Einck scored two rushing touchdowns in the second quarter as the Vikings took a 21-0 lead into the break. Einck scored his third touchdown of the night on a 67-yard run in the fourth.

— Randy Iverson

3A No. 5 Washington 68, Fairfield 20

Jacob Miller returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown and an interception 35 yards for another score as the Demons won at home.

Trashaun Willis had a 30-yard TD early in the first quarter as Washington raced to a 24-0 lead and never looked back.

— Doug Brenneman

West Branch 50, Maquoketa Valley 14

Gavin Hierseman and Andy Henson both rushed for three touchdowns as the Bears won in Delhi.


Senior running back Dominic Culver added a pair of rushing TDs for West Branch (3-2), which led 43-8 at halftime.

— Jason Miller

Maquoketa 20, Anamosa 14

Kannon Coakley rushed for three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 32 seconds left, as the Cardinals won at home.

Anamosa marched down inside the Maquoketa 20, but the game ended on an incomplete pass.

Anamosa QB Grahm Humpal completed 15 of 19 passes for 169 yards, including a 29-yard TD pass to Trey Klatt, and rushed for 131 yards on 14 carries, scoring on a 4-yard run with 1:42 left to put the Raiders up, 14-13.

Coakley also scored on runs of 1 and 20 yards.

— Daryl Schepanski

Lansing Kee 50, North Iowa 46

Jayden Drape scored on a 1-yard pass from Damon Weber with 11 seconds left as Kee won on the road.

Weber rushed for 98 yards and three TDs and passed for 140 yards and two TDs, completing 8 of 16 passes.

— Darin Svenson

Lone Tree 52, Garwin GMG 14

Homecoming king Alex Viner rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions won at home.

Quarterback Cade Shield threw two touchdown passes to Cade Patterson and another to Viner. Will Hotz led the Lion defense with nine tackles and Caden Smith recovered a fumble in the end zone for another score.

8P No. 1 Don Bosco 78, Springville 34

Dons senior quarterback Cael Frost turned in a phenomenal performance, accounting for 436 total yards and seven touchdowns in a win at home.


A No. 5 South Winneshiek 26, A No. 4 Wapsie Valley 14

Jacob Herold rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and also scrambled before firing a laser to Trey Kriener for a first-half score as the fifth-ranked Warriors won a battle of unbeatens in Fairbank.

— Waterloo Courier

How the ranked teams fared

No. 8 Southeast Valley knocked off No. 2 South Central Calhoun 32-23 in Class 1A.

Top-ranked Dallas Center-Grimes held off an upset bid from Norwalk, 38-28, in Class 3A.

And in Class 4A No. 7 Waukee made a statement with a 45-17 victory against No. 5 Johnston.

Here's a look at how every team ranked in this week's Gazette/KGYM poll fared Friday.

Gazette area scoreboard


No. 10 Dubuque Hempstead 38, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 20

Dubuque Senior 45, Waterloo West 7

West Marshall 46, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 6



District 3

No. 8 Decorah 49, Charles City 0

West Delaware 35, Waverly-Shell Rock 0

Western Dubuque 42, Waterloo East 6

District 4

DeWitt Central 35, Clinton 0

District 5

Fort Madison 55, Burlington 7

No. 5 Washington 68, Fairfield 20

District 6

No. 3 Cedar Rapids Xavier 45, Oskaloosa 7

Clear Creek Amana 41, Newton 14

No. 7 Grinnell 34, Benton Community 6



District 4

Crestwood 41, New Hampton 7

Oelwein 30, North Fayette Valley 15

District 5

Camanche 20, West Liberty 0

Maquoketa 20, Anamosa 14

Monticello 37, Tipton 8

District 6

Center Point-Urbana 40, South Tama 14

No. 7 Mount Vernon 36, Union Community 0

No. 9 Solon 28, Vinton-Shellsburg 6

District 7

Eddyville EBF 29, Central Lee 14

West Burlington 48, North Tama 27

No. 2 Williamsburg 24, Mid-Prairie 8



District 4

Denver 48, Central Springs 0

Jesup 27, Osage 26

Waterloo Columbus 28, Sumner-Fredericksburg 0

District 5

Cascade 34, Wilton 6

Dyersville Beckman 24, Durant 17

West Branch 50, Maquoketa Valley 14

District 6

Louisa-Muscatine 43, Van Buren County 12

Mediapolis 44, Cardinal 8

No. 5 Sigourney-Keota 49, Pekin 0



District 4

Clayton Ridge 47, Postville 6

No. 7 MFL MarMac 40, Starmont 14

No. 5 South Winneshiek 26, No. 4 Wapsie Valley 14

District 5

Alburnett 14, East Buchanan 0

No. 6 Edgewood-Colesburg 42, North Linn 28

West Branch 50, Maquoketa Valley 14

District 6

Highland 55, North Cedar 14

No. 2 Iowa City Regina 56, No. 10 Lisbon 26

Wapello 49, Columbus Community 7

District 7

Belle Plaine 52, North Mahaska 14

No. 1 Grundy Center 51, Conrad BCLUW 0

West Burlington 48, North Tama 27


District 2

Ackley AGWSR 64, Rockford 58

No. 10 Janesville 54, Tripoli 18

Lansing Kee 50, North Iowa 46

Northwood-Kensett 62, Riceville 30

District 3

No. 1 Don Bosco 78, Springville 34

Dunkerton 40, Central City 20

No. 6 Easton Valley 55, Midland 6

Elkader Central 56, West Central 48

Lansing Kee 50, North Iowa 46

District 4

English Valleys 70, Twin Cedars 40

Lone Tree 52, GMG 14

No. 7 Montezuma 71., Moravia 7

New London 38, Winfield-Mt. Union 0

WACO 32, Tri-County 0

District 5

BGM 48, Iowa Valley46

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 64, Baxter 28

HLV 66, Colo-Nesco 42

Lone Tree 52, Garwin GMG 14

Meskwaki 49, Collins-Maxwell 30

[IHSAA statewide scorelist]

Busy Saturday in Cedar Rapids Metro

This week isn’t all about Friday night lights in Cedar Rapids and Marion. Three games have been scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Cedar Rapids Washington (3-1) will welcome 3A No. 6 Davenport Assumption (4-0) to Kingston Stadium at 1:15 p.m. The Knights were scheduled to play 3A No. 10 North Scott, which is not holding in-person classes this week due to COVID-19. The Warriors’ lost their game at Iowa City Liberty, which is set to return to the field next week as the school district implements a hybrid learning plan.

Marion (2-1, 1-1) kicks off with Dubuque Wahlert (2-1, 1-0) at 2:30 p.m. in a Class 3A District 4 game. The Indians are playing Saturday afternoon home games at Linn-Mar Stadium this year because Thomas Park Field was damaged by the Aug. 10 derecho.

And after a two-week quarantine, Linn-Mar (0-2) returns to the field at 3:15 p.m. with a game at Cedar Rapids Prairie (1-2).

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